This has been a big week already for Penn State football players transferring out of Happy Valley. Already five players on the active roster have officially transferred so far. Two players -- linebacker Khairi Fortt (Cal) and running back Silas Redd (USC) -- will play in the Pac-12 this season. Two more will face Boston College this season -- tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State) and walk-on safety Tim Buckley (N.C. State).
The fifth player was one that was heavily recruited by Boston College and nearly switched his commitment last December.
Jamil Pollard, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound two-way lineman, has officially de-committed from Penn State, choosing to play college ball at Rutgers. Pollard is ESPNU's 12th-ranked player in New Jersey and ranked No. 35 nationally among DTs. Boston College was high on Pollard's list of schools, but apparently the BC coaching staff didn't both to pick up the phone.
The Scarlet Knights, as well as Boston College, were the other two schools originally on Pollard's wish list. When the Eagles didn't come calling again this time around, it made his decision a little easier.
When the Penn State sanctions were handed down, many looked at Penn State's 2013 recruiting class and quickly circled Akeel Lynch and Jamil Pollard's names as players of interest for BC. Especially Pollard, who plays a position of extreme need for the Eagles defensive front four.
With Lynch rumored to land at Iowa and Pollard off to a regional recruiting rival in a lesser conference, it's looking more and more like Boston College won't capitalize on the summer of Penn State football free agency.
That in and of itself may not be such a bad thing. But when your conference mates and regional recruiting rivals are getting better while BC is standing still, one starts to ask the tough questions about why the coaching staff isn't even bothering to pick up the phone.